Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi on Instagram has 164 million followers but follows just 230 accounts, four of which are football clubs.
Lionel Messi follows Barcelona, where he’s played the entirety of his professional career. But he is essentially trying to unfollow the Spanish Giants in real life after informing the club of his desire leave this summer on Tuesday night.
The Chelsea links have largely come about from former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand claiming he’s in the know on Twitter. But the interest and willingness from Man City to do a deal is genuine and comes from multiple reliable journalists and outlets.
Lastly, the other football club he follows on Instagram is his former team, Newell’s Old Boys. Lionel Messi started the early part of his youth career with his boyhood club, who he has regularly talked about returning to in the future.
According to Ole. a young Messi notched an outrageous 234 goals in 176 games between the years 1994 and 1999 before he made the move to Barcelona’s La Masia academy and embarked on a special journey in Catalonia.
After the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the ChampionL League quarter final.
The Argentina frontman made the bombshell announcement via burofax, with the document leaked online.
The message reads:
“I, Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini, with a white ID [blank], request that the employment benefit contract that I currently occupy in your distinguished club be terminated, based on clause number 24 that allows me to have this power.
“I appreciate all the opportunities for personal growth and professional preparation that were offered to me during the time I worked.
“Learnings that allowed me to consolidate my technical and human profile, but for personal reasons this [blank] difficult decision was made to me, which I hope will be made in the best way by the management of this club.”
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